Adding Arm Vibrato While Learning Wrist
I am an adult returner, and I'm learning vibrato for the first time. My vibrato naturally tends to be mostly a hand motion (aka wrist vibrato). It could be deeper, faster, more even, etc., but I'm about 3 months into being able to do on quarter notes or longer when I play.
My question is, how many of you learned both "flavors" of vibrato at the same time (excluding finger vibrato)? I have been working with arm vibrato every day in my daily practice. A little arm at slower speed with the metronome, using Simon Fischer's "Warming Up" exercises. When I do this, I have to watch in the mirror to make sure I'm not just reverting to hand vibrato, which is easier for me.
My thought process is that if I learn both, my brain won't differentiate and I'll use a combo, or the best motion, depending on my arm/hand position while I play. Thoughts?
BTW, I use a shoulder rest, but I can play without (please don't hijack in a SR vs restless thread :))
I was trained to do arm vibrato. I added wrist vibrato later for 3rd to ~5th position and (what I consider) "finger vibrato" for 5th and above. 28 years ago (when I was 55) I suffered cervical spine injury that has made arm vibrato impossible - so now it is wrist and finger or nothing.
Fabrizio, thank you. I don’t think about the movement, just the sound, and my wrist is what ends up being the pivot point. I’m not to stressed about, and my teachers have all been of the “use what works” school of thought.
I believe in learning one at a time. It's too easy to get into an ineffective vibrato where the arm and wrist cancel each other out. When you can do both effectively on their own, then it's easier to combine them.
Isolating the different components of vibrato is useful, but I practice and teach a combined motion. May I quote from myself (it's a bit long, sorry!)
Thank you, Adrian, for the illustrative example. I try not to focus on keeping my arm locked, but the major motion right now seems to be at the wrist, which is ok. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't make any long-term mistakes.
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